Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Standing Up is Difficult, but Essential

Good Morning Saints,
I would like to discuss something that has been on my heart: Standing Up! Sometimes, in our quest to be more accommodating and to avoid conflict, we tend to "give-in" or not make waves. And, this may be the role you are to play in certain situations. But, what about the times that you know certain actions and words are just plain wrong or indecent? I believe the Lord has put us in certain places at certain times, to speak up, as this helps you and those who are committing the act. Sometimes, people are missing the "love and care" factor in their personalities and tend to go through this world seeking and destroying without a second thought. Now, I'm not saying that you should go out and start telling everyone what they are doing wrong, because you have your own share of wrong-doing to control;-) However, I am saying that you have to speak up in situations where you have been placed. 

I can tell you from my own experience that this is a very difficult and lonely situation in which to be placed---difficult, because it takes courage and determination not to back down---lonely, because people will tend to shy away from you, even if they agree and are glad you had the nerve to speak up. People are afraid of those who are courageous, as you carry a bit of danger about you--maybe, they are afraid of losing their job if they talk to you--maybe, you have spoken-up when they always wanted to have the courage to do so, which causes envy. There are a myriad of reasons that "standing up" causes problems, but it is essential to your well-being and the well-being of others. I did this in the workplace for many years, in many different situations and it is difficult. However, when the Lord is your guide, you can withstand the opposition. I, now, have my own business, Prayer Notes by Cynthia, and I am enjoying every bit of it. The tests that I withstood in the workplace have girded me with strength and determination in this new adventure. 

Before you step out and become the next courageous person, make sure that you are well-feed on His Word and are wearing His Armor, as the arrows will be fiery and piercing. And, always ask the Lord whether or not this is "for you" to do. He will lead you in the paths you should take. Many blessings, saints!

Scripture for the Day
Ephesians 6:10-17 (New International Version, ©2011)
The Armor of God
 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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